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  • Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie

    Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie

    October 6, 2010, 12:17 pm


    5. The Phantom of the Opera (1945) Chandelier
    This version really only had one saving grace, in my opinion, and that is how they decided to treat opera itself throughout the film. It had actual OPERA scenes, from REAL operas, and they were staged and sung accordingly. Unfortunately, they ruined the story by giving us way too much back-story, and treating the rest of the film like a typical 1940s tongue-in-cheek drama. The one scene worth mentioning, however, is the chandelier scene, because for once tension was successfully built up through the editing.
    Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie
    4. The Phantom of the Opera (2004) Mirror Room
    Although it’s not my least favourite film version, I’ll reiterate one final time that I’m not particularly a fan of the musical. As a film however, there were some nicely treated moments, one of which was the mirror room scene. It was short, fast, and discombobulating (in a good way). It followed montage and the spinning amped up tension nicely. PS: I won't lie. When I noticed Gerrard Butler was the phantom I had multiple urges to scream "THIS. IS. OPERAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!"
    Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie
    3. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) Unmasked!
    When looking at silent film we have to look at pacing and montage in a different way. Even though the same principles are followed, the insertion of text cards makes it hard to keep a specific kind of montage flow without getting pulled out by words onscreen. This certainly doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t feel tension or fear! When Christine pulls the mask off of Erik’s face, it’s not a heavily edited scene, but the dramatic tension is there— reminding us that sometimes you have to know when NOT to cut.
    Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie
    2. The Phantom of the Opera (2004) The Phantom’s Opera/Chandelier
    The choreography in this scene makes for an extremely sensual and well-paced cutting sequence, where the dancers mirror Christine and Erik, and close ups are placed effectively in between the dance. The montage is very nicely done, and the moment of peace that is felt is broken by the dramatically falling chandelier (with a quick cutting pace).
    Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie
    1. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) ..the last 30 minutes
    I can’t justify cutting the last 30 minutes of this version into a collection of separate scenes, because it all flows together so nicely. I found myself on the edge of my seat... and I’ll be honest, this doesn’t EVER happen to me with a silent film. The drama is amped up with the cutting pace so perfectly that I found myself getting emotional, and the takes chosen had acting that was relatively understated for the silent film era. It pulled us in instead, with parallel cutting between two to three connected events happening at once, giving the viewers a frantic sense even with a relatively slow pace.
    Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie

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